Chris Sutton now thinks 52-year-old World Cup manager could take charge of Everton one day
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Chris Sutton now thinks 52-year-old World Cup manager could take charge of Everton one day

BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has suggested that Gareth Southgate could manage Everton one day.

Speaking on The Monday Night Club, Sutton and journalist Rory Smith were discussing Southgate’s future.

England suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat to France in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The Three Lions had the majority of the ball and played well, but it was a tale of two penalties for captain Harry Kane.

After burying his first one past club teammate Hugo Lloris, he blazed his second effort over the bar in the closing stages.

Southgate’s critics will say that he has once again failed to deliver what his talented squad is fully capable of.

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However, on another day England would currently be preparing for a clash against Morocco for a place in the World Cup final.

Southgate has now admitted he’s ‘conflicted’ about whether to remain England manager until the European Championships in 2024.

If he were to leave, a return to club management is the most likely next step for the 52-year-old.

Sutton now believes that Southgate may not be able to walk into a top club job, and could end up managing a club like Everton in the future.

Southgate could manage Everton one day – Sutton

Speaking on The Monday Night Club about the England boss’s future, Sutton asked: “Would he be able to walk into a top Premier League job, I’m not so sure he would?”

Journalist Rory Smith then replied: “But I think that is an unfair thought process, because unless you’re given the opportunity of a top, top club and having been a relatively successful manager at international level I’m not sure that ticks every box of the top six clubs.

“I guess you’re looking at Leicester, West Ham, that sort of level.

Sutton simply replied: “Everton.”

Despite Everton’s position just above the relegation zone, current Everton manager Frank Lampard’s job appears to be safe.

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The England legend is currently preparing for the restart of the Premier League and the January transfer window.

The Athletic believe that Lampard is targeting attacking recruits, rather than recalling the likes of Ellis Simms.

Lampard has also been boosted by the news that James Garner could return from injury sooner than expected.

Despite his achievements with England, Southgate’s management record at club level isn’t brilliant.

The Toffees have attracted the likes of Carlo Ancelotti in the past few seasons.

For Sutton to suggest Southgate could manage Everton one day, despite his international achievements, feels like a step down.

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